Since last fall, ESPN sportscaster Sage Steele (pictured) has been making more headlines for the controversial things she says or posts on social media than she does for reporting professional sports.
The 44-year-old commentator rattled a lot of nerves when she tried to call out Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans last November. Evans took a knee during the singing of the National Anthem before a Sunday NFL game, which was scheduled some time after last year’s presidential election.
Evans performed his peaceful act of protest to show his displeasure with the election of Donald Trump. However, Steele subsequently made a reckless tweet against Evans where she tried to twist things around and accuse him of dishonoring American veterans that have been killed in the line of duty.
However, Black Twitter gave Steele the business for her All Lives Matter-esque social media gaffe, which was directed against Evans. Even the wife of Brent Grimes, Evans’ good friend and teammate went hard at Steele on Twitter. Nowadays, Steele is taking her perceived brand of self-hatred to a different level.
According to The Daily Wire, Steele attended a recent forum in Tampa Bay, Florida to publicly share her take on “the intersection of race and faith in America today.”
“There are times that I believe that we, as African-Americans, can be hypocritical, and that is to not look ourselves in the mirror when we are saying certain things and blaming other groups for one thing when we are doing the exact same thing,” Steele said at the forum.
“The worst racism that I have received is thousands and I mean thousands and thousands over the years, is from black people, who in my mind thought would be the most accepting because there has been that experience,” Steele also said.
“But even as recent as the last couple of weeks, the words that I have had thrown at me I can’t repeat here and it’s 99 percent from people with my skin color,” she continued.
Steele must certainly be doing what she has to do and saying what she has to say to maintain the favor of her corporate overseers at ESPN. Black men and women in Steele’s financial and public position in the broadcasting business will spare no expense in their process of openly decrying their own people.
It is not in Steele’s best interest to speak out publicly against America’s institutionalized racism problem. She could very well lose her token privileges by doing so.